There is no active investigation into Florida elections, FDLE says

Governors' races in the southern US states of Florida and Georgia had yet to be decided

Meanwhile, Democratic incumbent Sen.

Razor-thin margins in bitter races in Florida and Georgia for the U.S. Senate and governor are raising the possibility of recounts and a run-off, potentially prolonging some of the most closely watched contests of the nation's midterm elections.

"I am considering every single legal option available", Scott said while appearing before the media outside the governor's mansion in an event held by his campaign.

As Florida heads towards a machine recount for the Senate and gubernatorial races, prominent Republicans are alleging voter fraud by Democrats trying to create new votes for their candidates. "Every Floridian should be concerned that there may be rampant fraud happening in Palm Beach and Broward counties".

His lawsuits accused Broward County Supervisor of Elections Brenda Snipes and Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections Susan Bucher of mishandling the ballot count and preventing observers from having full access as votes are counted.

Nelson's campaign said Scott's impromptu investigation was "politically motivated".

American President Donald trump called a "fraud" attempt of representatives of the US Democratic party to find voices in favor of their candidate in Florida. "Florida voted for Rick Scott!".

The margin in the Senate race of 0.18 percentage points meant the race was headed to a lengthy hand recount, triggered by law with margins of less than 0.25 percentage points.

The campaign says it's monitoring the situation and preparing for a possible state-mandated recount. That year's recounts in Broward and other counties were halted by the US Supreme Court, and George W. Bush defeated Al Gore by 537 votes in Florida, giving him the edge in the electoral college and handing him the White House.

On Thursday, Scott and Senate Republicans filed a lawsuit demanding the recount be halted.

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But numerous toughest House races were won by women who were taking their first foray into electoral politics. There was also a historic gender gap that showed women more supportive of Democrats than Republicans .

In a machine recount, all completed ballots are re-fed through ballot-counting machines to try to confirm the original, unofficial counts.

DeSantis declined to discuss prospects for a recount, telling reporters he was "very proud to be elected". When asked about it Wednesday night, she said, "I can't give you an exact number".

Democratic lawyer Marc Elias, the lead recount lawyer for Nelson, decried the signature matching process that is used to validate provisional ballots, arguing that it leaves the decision to the "untrained opinions" of poll workers to determine "whether signatures match".

In 2003, about 58,000 ballots were reported missing and in 2004, her office was counting votes days after the election took place. Both Snipes and Bucher claim that few ballots remain to be counted, according to the Florida Sun-Sentinel.

On Friday he unleashed, insulting members of the press as he tossed out falsehoods about his top law enforcement officer and unverified conspiracy theories about election fraud.

"The results of the 2018 Senate election are unknown and I think that you and the elections officials should treat it as such", Elias told reporters on a conference call.

"We believe at the end of this process that Sen".

Nelson filed a lawsuit Friday morning asking that the deadline for local election officials to file preliminary unofficial vote totals to the state be extended past noon Saturday, a deadline dictated by Florida law.

But reports have poured in from voters complaining that their ballots had been improperly rejected; one came from Patrick Murphy, the former Democratic congressman from Palm Beach who tweeted: "Just saw notice from PBCounty that my absentee ballot wasn't counted due to "invalid signature" match".

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